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News, analysis, and opinion about K-12 education in Tennessee
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Teaching Profession What the Research Says How to Refresh a Dwindling Pipeline of STEM Teachers? Researchers Share Strategies
The pool of science teachers is getting younger and less prepared than it once was.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 13, 2024
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Career Advice Cover Letter: Must-Have or Has-Been?
The use of cover letters is waning. Here's what that means for school districts.
Elizabeth Heubeck, January 29, 2024
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From left: Missy Testerman, Christy Todd, Catherine Walker, Joe Nappi
From left: Missy Testerman, Christy Todd, Catherine Walker, Joe Nappi
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Teaching Profession Here Are the 4 Finalists for National Teacher of the Year
The nation's top teaching award will be given to one of them in the spring.
Madeline Will, January 24, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy These State Lawmakers Want All School Districts to Craft AI Policies. Will Others Follow?
The vast majority of districts in the country have not released AI guidance, even though educators say they need it.
Alyson Klein, January 24, 2024
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School & District Management Fitting Tutoring Into the School Day Is Hard. How 3 Principals Made It Work
Three principals persist with high-dosage tutoring, using creative strategies to fit it into busy school schedules.
Olina Banerji, January 24, 2024
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Books sit on shelves in an elementary school library in suburban Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2023.
Books fill the shelves of an elementary school library in suburban Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2023.
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English-Language Learners Q&A English Learners Need Equal Access to Rich Texts. How One School Makes That Happen
A coordinator for an English-learner program discusses how to integrate language supports into English/language arts classes.
Sarah Schwartz, January 15, 2024
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Education Funding This State Would Be the First to Reject Federal K-12 Funds. But It's Far From a Given
Tennessee lawmakers have established a task force to review federal education funding, risking money for low-income schools and special ed.
Libby Stanford, November 13, 2023
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Educators at the College Board's AP annual conference learn about various AP program offerings intended to address access and equity to advanced coursework for underrepresented students in Seattle, Wash. on July 20, 2023.
Educators at the College Board's AP annual conference learn about various AP program offerings intended to address access and equity to advanced coursework for underrepresented students in Seattle, Wash. on July 20, 2023.
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Equity & Diversity How to Make AP Classes Accessible and Equitable: District Leaders Share Strategies
Various presentations at the College Board's AP annual conference this month touched on equity concerns around the AP program.
Ileana Najarro, July 27, 2023
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States Opinion Advice for State School Chiefs: Focus on All Kids at All Times
Through the pandemic and culture clashes, a state superintendent tried to keep her eye on her main mission—student success.
Rick Hess, July 27, 2023
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The U.S. Supreme Court on July 13, 2023, in Washington. A Tennessee student is suing his school district over his suspension for social media posts that lampooned his principal, and the student contends his discipline is inconsistent with a 2021 U.S. Supreme Court decision on when schools may punish off-campus speech.
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Law & Courts A Student Lampooned His Principal on Instagram and Got Suspended. Now, He's Suing
The student argues his posts did not disrupt school and are protected under a Supreme Court decision.
Mark Walsh, July 19, 2023
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Chloe Lalone, a University of Iowa student from Storm Lake, works with Yamir Banks, a soon-to-be 2nd grader, while student teaching in a classroom on June 23, 2021, at Storm Lake Middle School. The Storm Lake Community School District and Buena Vista University collaborated to have the Storm Lake university's education students student teach during a summer school program designed to help students make up for any educational time lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The student teaching opportunity was also opened up to Storm Lake school alumni who are studying education at other colleges.
Chloe Lalone, a University of Iowa student, works with Yamir Banks, a soon-to-be 2nd grader, as part of a summer school summer school program designed to help students make up for educational time lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer school programs nationwide typically experience high rates of absenteeism.
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Student Achievement Summer Schools Can Boost Learning, But Only If Students Attend
A new study finds Tennessee, like many states, has struggles with summer school absenteeism.
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School & District Management In Their Own Words 'What Happened to Sherman?': A Principal Who Can't Shake the Memory of One Special Student
Catherine Diezi shared her love for literature with staff and students. She'll remember how that transformed their lives.
Denisa R. Superville, June 23, 2023
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Teaching Profession Teachers in 6 States Will Get Raises. More Could Join Them
Lawmakers in 23 states proposed bills to raise teacher salaries, but not all of the policies are straightforward pay bumps.
Libby Stanford, June 22, 2023
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Teaching Profession Paid Parental Leave for Teachers Is Happening in More States and Districts
Policymakers are hoping that the expansion of paid leave will be a recruitment and retention tool.
Madeline Will, June 22, 2023
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